Iran Facing Others: Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

EditorAbbas Amanat, Farzin Vejdani

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Iran's long history and complex cultural legacy have generated animated debates about a homogenous Iranian identity in the face of ethnic, linguistic and communal diversity. The volume examines the fluid boundaries of pre-modern identity in history and literature as well as the shaping of Iranian national identity in the 20th century.

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Iran's long history and complex cultural legacy have generated animated debates about a homogenous Iranian identity in the face of ethnic, linguistic and communal diversity. The volume examines the fluid boundaries of pre-modern identity in history and literature as well as the shaping of Iranian national identity in the 20th century.

Abbas Amanat is a professor of History and International Studies at Yale. He is the author of Resurrection and Renewal: The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran (1989 and 2005); Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah and the Iranian Monarchy (1987 and 2008); and Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shi'ism (2009). His forthcoming book is en...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:306 pages, 10.25 × 6.25 × 0.9 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface - Farzin Vejdani * Introduction: Iranian Identity Boundaries: An Interpretive Overview - Abbas Amanat * PART I: The Legacy of Cultural Exclusion and Contested Memories * Iran and Aniran: The Shaping of a Legend - Dick Davis * Redrawing the Boundaries of ‘Ajam in Early Modern Persian Literary Histories - Sunil Sharma * Iranian History in Transition: Recasting the Symbolic Identity of Babak Khorramdin - Touraj Atabaki * PART II: Empires and Encounters * Rebels and Renegades on Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Porous Frontiers and Hybrid Identities - Fariba Zarinebaf * Facing a Rude and Barbarous Neighbor: Iranian Perceptions of Russia and the Russians from the Safavids to the Qajars - Rudi Matthee * Through the Persian Eye: Anglophilia and Anglophobia in Modern Iranian History - Abbas Amanat * British Imperialism, Regionalism, and Nationalism in Iran, 1890-1919 - H. Lyman Stebbins * PART III: Nationalism and the Appropriation of the Past * The Academic Debate on Iranian Identity: Nation and Empire Entangled - Afshin Matin-asgari * Iran and Iraq: Intersocietal Linkages and Secular Nationalisms, H. E. Chehabi * PART IV: Self-Fashioning and Internal Othering * Identity among the Jews of Iran - Daniel Tsadik * The Confessions of Dolgoruki: The Crisis of Identity and the Creation of a Masternarrative - Mina Yazdani * Iranian Nationalism and Zoroastrian Identity: Between Cyrus and Zoroaster - Monica M. Ringer